MIX IT UP

I was years into my career as an Interior Designer before I could really grasp how to make a mix of furniture styles come together to make a fabulous room.   

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Beautiful spaces with a blend of styles may appear unconsidered but realistically most are well thought out.  Bottom line, you can’t just throw pieces together haphazardly and expect it to work.  It takes careful and deliberate use of juxtaposition and contrast.  

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Mixing styles demands that you carefully follow proven rules for designing a space, even more so then when you are doing a room in say a Traditional English or Northwest Contemporary fashion.

Color, contrast, texture, scale all need to be in careful balance. This is not for the faint of heart, but if you love the idea, let me give you some easy ways to capture the look.

Do a beautiful mix of Contemporary furniture in the room then add just one, or maybe two, antiques. The contrast between the two styles will be stunning.

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Alternatively, design your room completely in traditional furnishings then cover the walls with contemporary art.

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If you follow these tips and your space still doesn’t feel right, consider hiring a professional who has a reputation for doing it well. It will save you from expensive mistakes.


Barbara Hyde Evans
Hyde Evans Design

2018's HOTTEST COLORS, THE DEFINITIVE LIST

Every fabric line, every rug manufacturer, every paint company, etc. declares their color of the year. As an interior design firm we have the opportunity to view all the latest in fabrics, wallpapers, tiles, carpeting, and every other surface for the home. So we made up the ultimate list. Here it is:

BLACK

Virtually every major paint company has declared some shade of black as their color of the year. They are a blue/black shade, a purple/black shade and, of course, a charcoal. Not totally new, as we saw plenty of the trend last year especially in wall color and cabinetry. And every good designer will tell you that every room, even an all white one should have black in it, even if it is just a touch. Black adds contrast and drama. Add black to all lavender room and suddenly it’s sophisticated.

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GREEN

It too was big last year but in 2018 it comes on even stronger. Emerald is awesome. Green marble makes a breathtaking statement. And green and black together, killer!

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VIOLET

Declared the Pantone color of the year, violet is making its way into every fabric line. And, yes, it is daring but makes a stand out wall color.

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RED

Let’s face it, jewel tones are back, and red is an important one. It warms up any room as a wall color, a piece of furniture, or just a lamp base or pillow.

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So go vibrant, go colorful, make a statement in 2018!

Tis the Season In Seattle

Holiday shopping is in full swing! This month’s blog is dedicated to helping you find that unique gift for the home. Here is a list of Seattle boutiques that offer vintage items, accent pieces, artwork, and objets trouvés that add interest, depth and character to a space. Happy Shopping!

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Belltown

Fancy on Second Avenue in Belltown for unique tables and lighting

http://www.heyfancy.com/house/

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Capitol Hill

Totokaelo in Capitol Hill for pillows, throws and objets trouvés

http://totokaelo.com/art-object

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Butter Home on Melrose Ave. is a loft like space with a country feel filled with items such as wire storage baskets, wall art, and lighting.

http://www.butterhomeseattle.com

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Retrofit Home on East Pike Street has a mid-century vibe with furniture and more.

http://www.retrofithome.com

Downtown

Watson Kennedy, near Pike Place Market and also on 1st & Spring, is filled with fine accessories and features affordable art prints by Hugo Guinness

https://www.watsonkennedy.com

Georgetown

Susan Wheeler Home on Airport Way South is packed with pillows, French antiques, and mirrors.

https://susanwheelerhome.com

Kirk Albert on Airport Way South for vintage objects and quirky finds

http://www.kirkalbert.com/27styh879xi9bvu47dlc48jojjhdkv

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Madison Park

Marine Area 7 in Madison Park for vintage items for the Kitchen - They have a terrific Instagram feed @marinearea7, so you can check out them out before you make the drive.

http://www.marinearea7.com

Pioneer Square

Flora and Henri in Pioneer Square for books, bedding, porcelain, artisan ceramics and much more…

https://florahenri.com/collections/live-love-maison

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SoDo

Big Daddy’s on First Avenue South for eclectic, one of kind pieces and antiques

https://www.bdantiques.com

Upper Queen Anne

Stuhlberg’s on Queen Anne Ave. N for more traditional items, including baskets, pewter and silver frames.

http://www.stuhlbergs.com/our-products.html

 

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Many of these boutiques are in neighborhoods surrounded by other shopping and fun dining options, so you can immerse yourself in the spirit of the season.  

Best wishes for a Festive Holiday Season!

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Don’t Disregard these Dimensions

Some rules just make things better! Like traffic rules. We all get around a little easier because of them. Similarly in the home there are some general dimension rules for furniture distance that make a room feel and look better and indeed allow for better foot traffic flow.

Apartment Therapy makes a case for sticking to the rules in this link…

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/dimensions-to-follow-proper-furniture-spacing-basics-149156 

Apartment Therapy gives a general range for the optimal distance of a chandelier over a Dining Room table.  Another tip is that a smaller chandelier should hang higher over a Dining Room table -

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Architonic / Robson Rak / Photo: Brooke Holm / Marsha Golemac

While a larger one should hang lower, closer to the table - 

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In addition, larger scaled rooms or furniture look better with more generous spacing in some areas, like walkways.

Keep walkways open for free movement within and between rooms, a minimum width of 36 inches when possible. If you’re thinking rules, rules, rules! Here is one you can break. If there’s a natural path that leads from the Front Entry immediately to a back door, break that up with a centering table or sculpture, something delightful that encourages you to linger and enjoy your beautiful home before rushing right back out!

Powder Rooms - Go Big in these Small Spaces

At first glance the Powder Room is simply a necessary, functional, small space. But in terms of designing the space within the context of the home as a whole, think twice and you’ll realize it is a big space when it comes to design potential! You and your family won’t be the only ones to benefit from the design love you give to the Powder Room.  It is a space that many of your guests will see too.

It is exactly because of its small size that you can make adventurous design choices there.  The only rule, if any, is that is should tie together in some way to the design of the house as a whole.  But in that, the capacity for interpretation is broad! This is especially liberating if you are not particularly adventurous in the main spaces of your home.  So have fun and go bold,

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Go colorful,

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Go minimal.

Try dynamic tile flooring, from sources like Cement Tile Shop or Clé Tile,

http://www.cementtileshop.com / https://www.cletile.com/collections/cement-tiles

Splurge for that stunning surface you’ve been eyeing,

Or go clean and contemporary, perhaps explore sustainable. 

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Of course, as with any space there are parameters and functionality concerns that will guide and inform decisions.  After those have been addressed, let the fun begin!

"...black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony." -Coco Chanel

We have a great excuse to highlight this Coco Chanel quote in our blog this month.  It is a tie-in to the title of the upcoming article featuring us in The Seattle Times, “Dreaming in Black and White.” 

Check out the article, written by Sandy Deneau Dunham in this Sunday’s, January 8th, Pacific NW Magazine.

If you love design, you rarely need an excuse to consider the timeless team of black and white.

Whether they are included as part of a greater scheme,

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or are the plan for an entire space, Coco Chanel’s words ring true again and again. It is as true for simple spaces with clean lines

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as it is for spaces filled with pattern and variety.

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Black and white are gorgeous alone in their complementary purity as well as when they are accented with color.  

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In any case, there is no doubt that “the perfect harmony” of black and white in interior design as well as in fashion is just as timeless a duo as the singular lady who spoke these words to describe them.

Finding Center - the Kitchen Island

It's happened to all of us.  We invite friends over or the whole family will be together and we prepare our home for a group.  When everyone arrives we all gather around the Kitchen Island as if it’s a magnet drawing us in. The other areas of the home are left quiet or at best sparsely attended.

We've finally stopped fighting it! Now we embrace the Kitchen Island as The gathering hub. And the results are delightful.

Whereas the fireplace used to be the center of the home, now it is the Kitchen Island. And it’s not just in the case for special gatherings. If you have a large family, it may be an ongoing natural hub.

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How does this influence the choices we make when designing an Island and/or the Kitchen as a whole? Seeing successful answers to that question can help. 

For example, creating a larger Island around which more people can stand or sit,

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increasing the empty space around the Island,

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